Njala University, 9th November, 2021- The Horticulture Department of the School of Natural Resources Management, Njala University has deployed two hundred and eighty trainees of the Mushroom Value Chain skills training to all the District Headquarters towns in the country as part of their internship skills development exercise.

Project-Lead and Head of the Horticulture Department, School of Natural Resource Management disclosed that the six-week internship program is to get the trainees to practically prepare, process, preserve and harvest mushrooms under the close supervision of the various District Agricultural Officers.

Towards this end, the trainees are provided with colonized and inoculated bags.

The Internship process, Dr. Musa went on would also provide a platform for the transfer of skills to the immediate communities where the interns are deployed.

The six-week exercise will culminate into the presentation of reports by the District Agricultural Officers on the conduct, suitability, and knowledge of the trainees on the entire exercise.

The respective teams deployed across the country have been supported by the pawns with a view to being able to undertake full-blown practical exercises culminating in the eventual harvesting of the fruits.

The two hundred and eighty trainees are beneficiaries of the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education and World Bank Skills Development Project which is geared towards training vulnerable youths in various Entrepreneurial skills.

Njala University is among sixty-seven institutions that benefitted from the World Bank Grant to train vulnerable youths in the mushroom value chain.

The Grant has supported the development of the requisite infrastructure including microbiology lab, spawn and compost laboratory facilities, and equipment to aid teaching, learning, and research.

The MTHE/World Bank Project is expected to position Njala University as a hub for the cultivation of mushrooms in Sierra Leone. It will support farmers with the requisite training in mushroom cultivation and solve the challenge of having mushrooms spawns locally.

By Abu Bah

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